William Louther


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(b New York, 22 Jan. 1942; d London, 7 May 1998)

US dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He studied at the High School of Performing Arts and at the Juilliard School with Tudor and Graham and danced in O'Donnell's company in 1958. He subsequently performed with the companies of Ailey, Graham, and McKayle as well as in Broadway musicals and on television. A superb technician, projecting a profound sincerity, he created roles in McKayle's District Storyville (1959), Graham's Circe (1964), and Archaic Hours (1969), and in the revised version of Ailey's Hermit Songs. In 1966 he was leading dancer in the revue Black New World, and in 1969 joined London Contemporary Dance Theatre where he created roles in Cohan's Stages (1971) among others. He choreographed several works including Vesalii Icones (mus. Peter Maxwell Davies, 1970). Between 1972 and 1974 he was director of Batsheva Dance Company and between 1975 and 1976 director of Welsh Dance Theatre. He subsequently worked as freelance choreographer and teacher for opera and theatre as well as for dance, although his activities were curtailed by poor health.

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